The Malawi Employers Consultative Association held an exploratory interface meeting with employers from industry and academia at the Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu on Thursday.
The meeting was organized with the support of the Strengthening Access to Higher Education in Malawi activity SHEAMA and Arizona State University to improve the job readiness of young people when they come into the industry.
Speaking to reporters, orphan Mapopa Chirwa, an executive board member of ECAM, said he wanted to help achieve Malawi’s 2063 goals.
“We are here as the Malawi Employers Consultative Association where we have brought together stakeholders, employers, the reason is that we would like to talk about how we can address the skills mismatch issues and also try to see how we can best plan as a country in terms of closing the gaps that exist in the industry.
“We are talking about these things because we would like to chart the way forward so that we can be in line with the Malawi Vision 2063,” Chirwa said.
He added that all people who employ others are supposed to belong to ECAM and there are also stakeholders such as strengthening access to higher education in Malawi who have supported the initiative. , strive to reduce the gap that exists between training institutions and industries on the other hand. hand.
Emmanuel Nkhukuzalila Magomelo, executive member of SHEAMA and a specialist in workforce development, said those who have gone through the university system or the higher education system come out with skills that will improve their employability.
“SHEAMA is a USAID-funded activity implemented by Arizona State University, what we would ultimately like to achieve is improve access to higher education and ultimately we would also like to make sure that those who have gone through the university system or the higher education system, they come out with skills that will improve employability from both angles which are self-employment and employment by others.
“So we have the participation of universities and industries, we also have the participation of the government. We would try to understand how our universities can ensure that they have sustainable systematic and scalable programming to ensure that when the university develops a program must be done 100% in consultation with industry to ensure ensuring that there is a response to the needs of the industry is not abstract and ultimately contributes to the achievement of the long and short term national development objective,” said Magomelo.
One of the attendees at the meeting was Patricia Mtungila, Founder of Purple Innovation for Women and Girls, who said the meeting will help young people find jobs easily when they come to the industries.
“At this meeting we are basically discussing how we can ensure that young people are job ready when they come into the industry, so we are looking at the gaps that can help them get the skills they need. need to acquire in the workplace, so we want to support young people at the same time as we want to offer as an organization,” said Mtungila.
Participants included members of Mzuzu University, Livingstonia University, Raiply Malawi, Mzuzu Daily, a government official, among others.
The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) was registered in 1963 under the Incorporation of Trustees of Malawi Act as a professional employers’ association representing all member employers.
They have direct members from 250 organizations, including 6 associations.
The associations represent more than 277,000 members. The main role of ECAM is to promote, guide and protect the interests of employers in labour, employment and socio-economic matters.
ECAM has evolved from a sectoral organization to a diverse membership. Currently, membership is open to all companies, private or parastatal and current membership is made up of various sectors.